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National HD feeds available on Dish?

Discussion in 'DISH™ High Definition Discussion' started by ExCavTanker, May 5, 2007.

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  1. May 5, 2007 #1 of 26
    ExCavTanker

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    I'm a current D* subscriber, but since they want me to pay $200 to upgrade to a HD DVR I am exploring switching to E*. I called E* and the package sounded good especially considering they were going to give me 2 622's.
    Here's the rub, due to the elevation (or lack of it) it's impossible to get OTA HD even with an antenna on our two story house, so we qualify for ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX HD feeds but the CSR from E* said they do not even carry those feeds?! I find that hard to believe that they don't but that's why I'm posting here. If I switched and the wife couldn't get network HD for the shows she watches, I think I'd permanently be residing in the doghouse:). So, does E* carry National HD feeds and should the CSR be able to determine if I am eligible?
     
  2. May 5, 2007 #2 of 26
    Ken Green

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    Check the list :)
    http://ekb.dbstalk.com/hdlocal.htm
    If your local HD's are not on the list, your only other option is OTA. How far do you live from the towers? When you say, "you qualify" for distant locals, are you located in a FCC white area?
     
  3. May 5, 2007 #3 of 26
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    The closest one to me (Detroit) is about 280 miles away. Not sure if I'm in a white area, all I know is I didn't need a waiver from any of the local stations to get the distant local HD feeds. According to antennaweb, Fox is 13 miles, ABC is 32 miles from me (they do NOT broadcast OTA HD), NBC and CBS are not showing as possible to receive(both of them broadcast OTA HD). The distance is not the problem, the town I'm in sets basically in a large bowl which prevents the reception for OTA. I talked with engineers at three networks who used some sort of 3D program to determine reception capability and all three said forget receiving an OTA signal (I did not call the Fox station) . So I guess the CSR was correct in saying that they don't broadcast distant HD locals like D*, dang that sucks and means I'm stuck with D*:(.
     
  4. May 5, 2007 #4 of 26
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    E* can no longer provide distant networks to anyone reguardless if you would qualify or not due to a court ruling last fall, however i believe there is a company that sells them on behalf of dish network im not sure of the name though
     
  5. May 5, 2007 #5 of 26
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    Looks like I'll have to do some research for that 3rd party reseller (a spinoff of E* perhaps to circumvent the ruling?) to see what the scoop is, because as it stands right now, E* could have the latest greatest whizbang receiver, but if we can't get CSI Vegas in HD, fugettaboutit.




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  6. May 5, 2007 #6 of 26
    James Long

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    The 3rd party, NPS, currently sells only SD signals to qualified customers. No "national network" (distant) HD is available through E* equipment. Local HD is available in select markets.
     
  7. May 5, 2007 #7 of 26
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    Oh well, looks like I'm stuck in the D* camp. What was it about E* that got them sued to prevent retransmitting HD distant locals and D* avoided it? The only thing that affected D* users is we can no longer get both the East and West Coast feed HD channels (my thinking is the NFL didn't want us to have free access to more HD games).
     
  8. May 5, 2007 #8 of 26
    Mike D-CO5

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    You can always "move" to another near by city where Dish carries hd locals once you are established as a Dish customer. Do a search on "moving" and it will explain it all.
     
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    ;)
     
  10. putabengali

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    what was it that got dish sued?... primarily the fact the direct is in bed with fox... and fox was the primary party suing dish.... funny how that works

    District court said that dish was too liberal in qualifying people for distants... so now dish can't broadcast distant locals... but All American Direct can, and dish can still lease All American Direct some space on a satellite... so now basically dish can broadcast distant locals using entirely dish equipment, so long as it says a different company name on the bill. Gotta love the government...
     
  11. James Long

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    Not quite true, putabengali. All four major networks sued E* and D* ... yes, Fox sued D*. D* decided to settle the suit and follow the rules. E* failed to quit delivering distants to customers who did not qualify and lost the ability to carry networks outside of their own market.

    E* makes nothing off of individual subscribers to NPS' distants service. They get a measly $150,000 per month whether NPS has one customer or a million. When E* had their own distants they were clearing a lot more that $150,000 ... it is much more that "a different company name on the bill".
     
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    Qualify ?? From who ??
     
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    Also, a new dish would be needed and you would have to be in the spot beam. If he is 280 miles from Detroit I doubt whether he is located in the spot beam. The next large town that would be near is Grand Rapids and that is not even on the list for locals to be added.
     
  14. Mike D-CO5

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    But if he wanted to receive say in HD :Chicago or Kansas City, L.A. Nashville, Albequerque, Nashville, Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City locals he could get that with a dish 1000.2 sat dish. Those and others are on Conus beam not spotbeams. Same with 61.5 side sat dish plugged into the dish 1000.2 dish. He could then get all kinds of locals in Hd for the east coast as they are on conus beam as well. Like New York, Boston, Philladelphia, and Washington D.C. .
     
  15. ExCavTanker

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    Qualify=eligible.

    From who=D*.

    I'm not sure what they are using for a criteria to determine eligibility (perhaps FCC data), but I was eligible for Distant local HD channels and did not have to request a waiver from any of the nearest stations.

    Now my folks have a vacation home about 15 miles from me and they just recently added HD receivers through D* and when I tried to have the HD networks added, D* would only turn on ABC and CBS and indicated a waiver request would have to be filed for Fox and NBC (Which they CAN receive OTA), now here's the shocker, both stations denied the waiver, surprise surprise! Here's the biotch, neither of those two local stations broadcast HD OTA, so my folks are still screwed from receiving Fox and NBC in HD. IF they did broadcast HD OTA I could understand them denying the waiver but since they can't it appears they are just being vindictive. My folks are receiving ALL local SD chnetwork channels from D*, it's just the HD that's the issue.
     
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    I'm currently one hour North of Traverse City which supplies most of the SD locals over satellite to me. Care to take a guess when T.C. wll be on board with uplinking HD to E*;).
     
  17. ExCavTanker

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    So what happened to existing subscribers that were receiving Distant Network HD after the lawsuit was adjudicated?
     
  18. ExCavTanker

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    Mike,

    Would those configs still require me to 'move' in order to get those feeds, or could I get them at my current location? Bottom line is I don't care WHERE they come from as long as they are in the Eastern time zone, I have my SD locals for news etc..If I can get this hurdle cleared I'm making the move to E*.
     
  19. Hall

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    They lost those distant networks. Fact is, they likely are still getting the major networks because of the amount of coverage Dish has.
     
  20. Mike D-CO5

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    You would need Dish to install a dish 500 and a side sat dish for 61.5. Then after you get installed and wait a few days, you would call up Dish and tell them you have moved to the new service address that would get you the eastern city you want. The billing would stay your real address and make sure you tell them that and your phone number would stay the same.

    Yes you would have to " move" your service address to get the new hd locals. Just google search movie theaters in the city of your choice. Then add an apartment number to it , plug it into the Dish address broker for local and it will tell you if you are good to go.
     
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